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Vickie Cooper

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Criminology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • Social Policy & Criminology
  • victoria.cooper1

Professional biography

I joined the Open University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology.

I am the Co-director of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR), which is an interdisciplinary, cross-faculty research centre concerned with developing and supporting research projects and papers that think critically about problems of crime and justice. The ICCCR works in partnership with the Centre of Criminal Justice Studies (CCJS).

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Liverpool John Moores University, 2012)
  • PhD in Social and Economic Research (Sheffield Hallam University, 2009)
  • MRes Urban Sociology (Glasgow University, 2005)
  • BA (hons) Management and Organisation Studies (Lancaster University, 2002)
PhD Students
  • Carly Speed: Death Inquest in Psychiatric Custody (registered at Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Angela Charles: Black Women’s Experiences in Prison through an Intersectional Lens (Open University)

Research interests

My research focuses on homelessness in relation to: housing, hostels, the criminal justice system, community punishment and geographical displacement. I am interested in how society contains and manages homeless groups through these various institutions. Currently, I am looking at the relationship between welfare reforms, the rise in evictions and homelessness. I have led on research projects commissioned by homeless charities and local authorities. Prior to working in Universities, I worked as a practitioner in housing and homelessness.


Cooper, V. (Forthcoming, 2016) ‘Homelessness and Victimisation’ Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J.(Eds) (forthcoming 2016). A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol: Policy Press.

Cooper, V. (Forthcoming, 2016) ‘Austerity, Harm and Victimisation’ .(Eds) (forthcoming 2016). A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press.

Cooper, V. (under review) ‘Geographies of Punishment for Women in the Community’ Punishment and Society submitted to Punishment and Society.

Cooper, V. (2014) ‘Gendered Geographies of Punishment’ in V.Canning (ed) Sites of Confinement, European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control.

Cooper, V. and Sim, J. (2013) ‘Punishing the Detritus and the Damned, in Why Prison?’ In D. Scott (ed) Why Prison?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barton, A. and Cooper, V. (2012) ‘Hostels for Women and Community for Women: The ‘Semi-Penal’ Paradox’ in M. Malloch and G.McIvor (eds) Women Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices, London: Routledge.

Cooper, V. (2010) ‘Cultivating the Business Researcher: A Biographical Account of Postgraduate Educational Research Training’ in Imrie, R and Allen, C (eds.) The Knowledge Business, London: Sage.

McKee, K and Cooper, V (2009) ‘The Paradox of Tenant Empowerment: Regulatory and Liberatory Possibilities’, Housing Theory and Society, Vol. 25, no. 2: 132 -146.


Cooper, V. (2015) Austerity as Organised and Bureaucratised Violence, submitted in Open Democracy Available online at

Cooper, V. and Paton, K. (2015) Tenants in Danger: The Rise of Eviction Watches in Open Democracy, April 17th Available online at

Cooper, V. (2015) ‘Bricks and Mortality: State Violence and Housing Social Policy’, Criminal Justice Matters, Issue 98.

Cooper, V and Mooney, G. (2015) Academics Against Poverty Audit Manifesto, Available online at:

Cooper, V. (2014) ‘Social Housing not Social Cleansing’, Red Pepper Magazine Aug/Sept Issue 197.

Book Reviews 

Cooper, V. (2014) The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics by C. Krinsky (ed.) Reviewed in Youth Justice, Vol 14 (1): 103-105.

Cooper, V. (2011) Media and Society: Critical Perspectives by G. Burton, 2nd Edition, Reviewed in Youth Justice, Vol 11 (2): 191-192.

Cooper, V. (2011) Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women by L.J. Jasinski, K.J. Wesley, D.J. Wright, and E.E. Mustaine Reviewed in British Journal of Criminology, Vol 51(1): 229-232.

Research Reports and Briefings

Cooper, V. (2014) Rehousing Ex-prisoners in Merseyside, Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University.

Cooper, V. (2013) No Fixed Abode: the implications for homeless people in the criminal justice system, London: Howard League for Penal Reform. 

Cooper, V. (2012) Resettlement and Floating Support in the Criminal Justice System, London: St Mungo’s.

Teaching interests

I am the Module Chair for Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) and Module Chair for our forthcoming postgraduate module, Global Crimes and Harm (DD831).


No Fixed Abode: The Continuum of Policing and Incarcerating the Homeless (2017)
Cooper, Vickie
Policing: a journal of policy and practice, 11(1) (pp. 29-38)
‘It’s all considered to be unacceptable behaviour’: Criminal justice practitioners’ experience of statutory housing duty for (ex)offenders (2016-12)
Cooper, Vickie
Probation Journal ((In press))
It’s the state, stupid: 21st gentrification and state-led evictions (2016)
Paton, Kirsteen and Cooper, Vickie
Sociological Review ((In Press))
The new urban frontier of everyday evictions: Contemporary state practices of revanchism (2017)
Cooper, Vickie and Paton, Kirsteen
In: Abel, Albet and Nuria, Benach eds. Processes of Urban Gentrification, Neil Smith and Beyond ((In press))
Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Austerity, Harm and Victimisation (2016-06-29)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Corteen, Karen; Morley, Sharon; Taylor, Paul and Turner, Joanne eds. A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. Companions in Criminology and Criminal Justice (pp. 11-14)
ISBN : 978-1-4473-2572-7 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Croydon, UK
Homelessness and Victimisation (2016-06-29)
Cooper, Victoria
In: Corteen, Karen; Morley, Sharon; Taylor, Paul and Turner, Jo eds. A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation (pp. 95-97)
ISBN : 978-1-4473-2572-7 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Britain’s dark history of criminalising homeless people in public spaces (2017-03-10)
Cooper, Victoria and McCulloch, Daniel
The Conversation